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LINCOLN — Nebraska’s largest prison faces “alarming” conditions driven by staffing shortages, record overtime and inmates who are secretly using synthetic drugs and contraband cellphones, according to the state’s watchdog for correctional services.

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A proposed $248 million settlement has been reached in a decade-old federal court case over defective Chinese drywall that damaged homes and sickened residents.

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NEW YORK — Jeffrey Epstein died of suicide by hanging in his cell, New York City’s chief medical examiner has concluded, according to a person familiar with her report, a finding that casts aside conspiracy theories that he was murdered to silence him.

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When 63-year-old Margie Reckard was killed by a gunman who opened fire at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, earlier this month, Antonio Basco lost his entire world. So, as the man who felt so alone planned her funeral, he invited the world to join him in remembering his companion of 22 years.

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DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — In stories Aug. 4-5 about the deadly shootings in Dayton, Ohio, The Associated Press reported erroneously on the number of mass killings so far in 2019. The Dayton rampage marked the 23rd mass killing so far in 2019, leaving 131 people dead.

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SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say they believe a millionaire fugitive charged with killing his wife in California spent the past four years in Mexico until intense media coverage led to hundreds of tips and eventually his capture.

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NEW YORK (AP) — An anonymous online forum called 8chan has drawn attention in the wake of mass shootings in Texas and Ohio because violent U.S. extremists have used it to share tips and encourage one another. The site suffered sporadic outages Monday after its cybersecurity provider cut off …

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DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — High school classmates of the gunman who killed nine people early Sunday in Dayton, Ohio, say he was suspended for compiling a "hit list" of those he wanted to kill and a "rape list" of girls he wanted to sexually assault.

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DAYTON, Ohio — A masked gunman in body armor opened fire early Sunday in a popular entertainment district in Dayton, Ohio, killing nine people, including his sister, and wounding dozens before he was quickly slain by police, officials said.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Afton Williamson, star of the ABC crime series "The Rookie," says she is quitting the show because of sexual harassment and racial discrimination she experienced during the making of the show's first season.

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A gunman opened fire Saturday at an El Paso, Texas, mall packed with back-to-school shoppers, killing “multiple” people and injuring at least 22, police and city officials confirmed.

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BOSTON (AP) — Authorities said Friday they are looking to toxicology reports for clues to the death of Saoirse Kennedy Hill, the 22-year-old granddaughter of assassinated presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy.

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COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (AP) — Colorado officials have closed parks and canceled a Major League Soccer game's fireworks display after plague was confirmed in prairie dogs in a Denver suburb.

A 99-year-old World War II veteran paid a visit to Hastings Wednesday as part of an extended impromptu tour of the state of Nebraska and more extensive 50-state tour aimed at giving American citizens a chance to meet a veteran from another era — an opportunity he missed as a younger man more…

“Willa Sibert Cather is greater than General Pershing; she is incomparably greater than William Jennings Bryan. She is Nebraska’s foremost citizen because through her stories she has made the outside world know Nebraska as no one else has done” — Sinclair Lewis, April 1921

Six area farmers and their families are looking to reap the benefits of a berry once relied upon by Native Americans for medicinal purposes that has recently become a much-coveted product in the health food industry.

After touring the Ag Processing Inc. soybean processing plant east of Hastings, including the recent expansion that opened in fall 2016, U.S. Sens Deb Fischer and Pat Roberts spoke Friday about efforts in Washington to ensure there is a strong export market for U.S. agricultural products.

GENEVA — One hundred twenty-two years ago, Frank O. Edgecombe purchased The Nebraska Signal newspaper, established in 1881, from Dr. J.B. Brazleton and Will R. Gaylord of Fairmont, moved the business to Geneva, and combined it with two newspapers he already owned.

For the second time in 143 years, Pawnee people are returning to the land of their ancestors where today their native corn has come back to life in a new way.

RED CLOUD — Visiting historical places like the Willa Cather Prairie and understanding the impact of those places in the context of today’s society is of vital importance.

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